Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Racial and ethnic divisions are among the most common and enduring features of political life.  They pose a severe challenge to democratic governance in the United States and other countries around the globe.

These scholars explore race and ethnicity, both as influence and effect, in a range of political phenomena, including:
  • democratic engagement and responsiveness
  • mass public opinion
  • individual attitudes
  • social identities
  • public policy
  • national institutions
  • American political development
  • intergroup relations
  • immigrant political incorporation
  • urban politics

Faculty and students with interests in racial and ethnic dynamics participate in the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Workshop.

A number of faculty in our department study racial and ethnic dynamics in politics: